No federal charges against officers in Freddie Gray death: report
Federal prosecutors will not charge any of the Baltimore officers involved with the death of Freddie Gray, according to a report.
Gray, 25, died from a severe spinal injury in April 2015 after being arrested for having a switchblade and bouncing around in the back of a police van.
Six officers faced criminal charges but were not convicted for Gray’s death a week after the ride, which sparked violent protests and a riot in downtown Baltimore.
Federal officials have also been looking into the death since 2015, though the Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that sources close to the investigation say no charges will come of the nearly two-and-a-half-year probe.
The Department of Justice has not commented publicly on whether or not it will bring charges, though it has in previous controversial police-involvd deaths that did not lead to charges, such as the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.
Its investigation focused on whether Gray’s civil rights were violated during the arrest that led to his death.
Freddie Gray died in April, 2015.
Proving civil rights violations in court is difficult, with prosecutors looking into the potential Sterling case saying that officers must have acted not just recklessly but “with specific intent.”
Local criminal charges ranged from misconduct to depraved heart murder for the van driver, Caesar Goodson.
Three, including Goodson, face firing for internal police charges, with two others facing week-long suspensions.
Baltimore officials also invited the Department of Justice to conduct a broader investigation of its police department after Gray’s death, leading to a report last year saying that officers disproportionately targeted black residents for stops and arrests.